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percolate

verb uk   /ˈpɜː.kəl.eɪt/ us    /ˈpɝː-/

percolate verb (LIQUID)

[I] If a liquid percolates, it moves slowly through a substance with very small holes in it: Sea water percolates down through the rocks. [I or T] to make coffee using a machine in which hot water passes through crushed coffee beans into a container below

percolate verb (INFORMATION)

[I] to spread slowly: The news has begun to percolate through the staff.
(Definition of percolate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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